Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School



Class 4 Autumn Term Newsletter 

Dear Parents,


Welcome to Class 4. We hope your son/daughter is pleased to be back at school and looking forward to the half term ahead!



As you know, we will be teaching the class and will be sharing the week.  Initially, Mrs Wright will teach Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mr Dicker Thursday and Friday.  In addition, Mrs Stanford, Miss Murphy and Mrs Bisby will also be supporting in class at various times.


How can you help your child at home?


Reading is a key and imperative skill that is continually developed.  In class we will aim to listen to your child read as often as possible, including one session each week of Group Guided Reading with the class teacher.  In addition, we would also ask that you hear your child read at home. Just five or ten minutes a night would make a great contribution to your child’s reading ability and confidence.  All children would benefit from this and we strongly encourage you to spend this time, every night, with your child. Please ensure you ask lots of questions to show that your child understands what they are reading and remember to make a note in their diary, with your signature.  In addition, if your child reads anything independently at home, please ensure they are recording this in their diary. Reading three times a week gains ten house points and more than three times is rewarded with twenty house points - but your child’s diary must be signed by you for them to achieve the house points.  If you need any guidance or support with this, please come in and speak to us.



A major aspect of Year 4 is to develop many independent study skills.  To help develop this, the children are set regular homework which they are expected to complete and hand in.  The children are given dates when their homework is due in and are expected to meet these deadlines. Each week the children will be set one piece of English/topic and one piece of Maths homework.  It is not expected that they need to spend more than half an hour on each piece. The English/topic homework is set out in the form of a half term project and the details will follow shortly. We will provide feedback on this homework each week.  The Maths homework this term will be a maths game for your child to play. The games will be sent out every Tuesday and must be returned the following Monday. Maths games can increase children’s confidence in mental maths as well as consolidating mathematical concepts they are learning in class.  We hope the children will enjoy playing the games and we would greatly appreciate any feedback from you as parents.

Occasionally the children may be given additional homework based around other subjects that are being covered in class.  For example, the children may be asked to produce a project relating to the topic being covered or to bring in some information. We will send home information about such homework in plenty of time so that the children are aware of it.


Topic and themes

Our first topic is “Around and About”.  This is a study of the local area and looks at the Science, History and Geography of Leighton Buzzard and the surrounding area.  We have arranged various trips and visits to support the children’s learning and further details will be provided. 



PE lessons will take place on Thursday afternoons.  Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school at all times (black shorts, purple t-shirt & trainers - black tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt will be needed as the weather turns colder).  Swimming takes place on Mondays - please ensure your child has their swimming kit with them each Monday.


School Trips

We thought it might be useful to share with you the trips we have planned for the year and approximate costings

19th November 2019 - Life Exhibition - no charge

Spring Term - Holdenby House £20

22nd - 24th April 2020 - New Barn £190

Summer Term - Hazard Alley £17

Further information about these visits will be sent out accordingly.


If you have any queries or concerns about your child or have any questions please do not hesitate to call in and speak to us.


Many thanks


Mrs Wright and Mr Dicker 


Class 4 Autumn Term Curriculum Pamphlet 

Reading Workshop Information for Parents

Handouts from Reading Workshop

Phonics Presentation for Parents 

How to Help Your Child Learn to Read

Parents' Guide to Phonics and Reading

Maths Presentation for Parents